Mid-April Fiction Contest Deadlines

The 2015 New South Writing Contest


The 2015 New South Writing Contest will be be judged by Rebecca Makkai in the genre of prose. The contest awards $1,000 to one winner in poetry and one winner in prose, and a $250 runner’s up prize in each category. Please take care that you are submitting under the contest genre; regular submissions received during the contest period WILL NOT be entered into the contest. Please limit your submissions to 9,000 words.

Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: April 15, 2015

Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents


In addition to a full year of promotion and the publication of the winning story by Brain/Child Magazine, a $1000 prize will be presented to the new Pen Parentis Writing Fellow at a public reading of the winning work in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 14th, 2015. Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 years of age, but there are no style or genre limitations on the works of fiction submitted for consideration. Entrants can be at any level of their literary careers.

Submissions call for a new, never-published fiction story—any genre, on any subject—of up to 1250 words.

One winning author will be showcased for one year on our website as the “Pen Parentis Writing Fellow,” a new emergent author worthy of notice. The Fellow will receive a public showcase of the winning new work in a stunning literary location in New York City, paired with an established author who may function as inspiration and guide.

Entry fee: $20
Deadline: April 17, 2015


Jack Dyer Fiction Prize – Crab Orchard Review


$2000 prize and publication for a single unpublished story or novel excerpt up to 6000 words.  Two or more finalists will receive a $500 prize and publication. Your name should appear nowhere on your fiction submission. There is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work.

Please name your file your story title or the first three words of the story title if the title is longer than three words. Remember, each entry must be submitted separately online and each requires an entry fee.

Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: April 21, 2015

Sixfold Short Story Awards


Sixfold’s mission is to publish a collaborative, democratic, transparent, and completely writer-voted quarterly journal. Only the writers who upload their manuscripts vote to select the prize-winning manuscripts and the short stories and poetry published in each issue. All participating writers’ equally weighted votes act as the editor, instead of the usual editorial decision-making organization of one or a few judges, editors, or select editorial board. The journal fosters a community and writing workshop environment where writers can evaluate and write feedback on other writers’ work, and where writers can find writers and connect with one another.

 For each of 3 rounds, you read, comment, and vote on 6 randomly assigned manuscripts in your genre. Rank-vote your manuscripts as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th. Read and vote all 3 rounds (total of 18 manuscripts in 36 days). Round 1 runs from May 1 to voting deadline of May 12. Round 2 from May 13 to May 24. Round 3 from May 25 to June 5. The first-, second-, and third-highest-voted manuscripts in each genre win $1000, $200, $100. The top-15 short stories and the top-30 sets of poems are published. All issues free to read online, downloadable as PDF, and free as e-book for iPhone, Android, Kindle, Nook, and others. Paperback book available for about $10, at production cost which includes shipping.

Entry Fee: $5
Deadline: April 23, 2015